Ancient Traditions of the Virgin Marys Dormition and Assumption

Paperback | October 19, 2006

byStephen J. Shoemaker

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The ancient Dormition and Assumption traditions are a collection of over sixty different narratives, preserved in nine ancient languages, that commemorate the end of the Virgin Mary's life. These traditions have long been overlooked by scholars of early Christianity, no doubt largely becausethis complicated corpus was insufficiently well known. The present study aims to remedy this situation with a detailed analysis of the earliest traditions of Mary's death, including liturgical and archaeological evidence as well as the numerous narrative sources. Several of the most importantnarratives are translated in appendices, many appearing in English for the first time. The book will be of interest to all scholars of early Christian literature.

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The ancient Dormition and Assumption traditions are a collection of over sixty different narratives, preserved in nine ancient languages, that commemorate the end of the Virgin Mary's life. These traditions have long been overlooked by scholars of early Christianity, no doubt largely becausethis complicated corpus was insufficiently we...

Stephen J. Shoemaker is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Oregon.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:October 19, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199210748

ISBN - 13:9780199210749

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1. Earliest Dormition Traditions2. Palestinian Cult of the Virgin3. Rival Traditions of Mary's Death4. Prehistory and Origins of the Dormition TraditionsAppendicesA. The Ethiopic Liber RequieiB. Earliest Greek Dormition NarrativeC. Fifth-Century Syriac FragmentsD. The Ethiopic 'Six Books'E. (Ps.-) Evodius of RomeF. Jacob of SerugG. Palm Narrative Parallels

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`...essential for the study of Mary in early Christianity.'Journal of the American Academy of Religion